A fake news story about Lou Ferrigno’s supposed “death” in a car crash has been doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter over the past couple of hours.
The story, which says that he was killed in a car crash in Santa Barbara, California, was posted on a website that is posing as USA Today. However, if you take a closer look at the URL in the address bar of your browser, you will see that the site’s name is actually com.es and that usatoday is just a subdomain:
This is an attempt to generate advertising revenue by creating a hoax news story about Ferrigno’s death.
The advertisement unit in their HTML source is dubiously named Gag Panda:
Other news outlets have not mentioned anything about his supposed death.
This is because the actor is not dead. He is very much alive and kicking.
This was just a quick cash grab by someone who knew that their fake news story would be shared across Facebook.